Kovalchuk Scores Twice Against Czech Republic In Bronze Medal Game

Roman Cervenka scored a hat trick to lead the Czech Republic to a 7-4 victory over Russia and the bronze medal at the ice hockey world championship Sunday.

Petr Prucha scored twice, and Jan Marek and Tomas Plekanec added one apiece for the Czechs — the defending champions — in a rematch of last year’s final.

Ilya Kovalchuk finally found his scoring touch to score twice for Russia, but it was not enough. Dmitri Kulikov and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored a goal each.

The Czechs earned their fourth bronze at worlds, while Russia, the most successful nation in the tournament with 25 titles, finished without a medal for the first time since 2006.

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